Weilerstein leads off 2015 with works in Great Britain and Michigan

So far, 2015’s been busy for Josh Weilerstein. First, a guest appearance in early January with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Grand Rapids, Michigan, featuring a piano concerto by Antonin Dvorak and an orchestral work by contemporary American composer Christopher Rouse, as well as Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3. Then a puddle […]

Rochester Philharmonic mixes microbrews and music

Happy hour took on a new meaning for the players of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra recently. In collaboration with the Rochester Young Professionals Network, the group performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in an event dubbed “Beethoven and Brews.” Ward Stare, 2011 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance award winner, led the performance. […]

Harada gets serious in Tucson

Though he’s conducted for the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra several times during the last five years, Keitaro Harada’s January performance was something of a debut. He told the Arizona Daily Star, “most of my concerts with TSO have been pops.” Harada said he looked forward to the chance to step up […]

Macelaru brings Tchaikovsky to the Philadelphia stage

In late January, Cristian Macelaru (2014, Solti Conducting Fellow), took the podium in Philadelphia to bring to life two works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s shared a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Valse-scherzo, with David Kim on solo violin.     Philadelphia public radio station WRTI took some time to talk […]

Kuo leads Vivaldi and Bach by candlelight

Kelly Kuo, 2009 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award winner, led the Oregon Mozart Players in their annual ‘Candlelight Baroque’ event at the First Christian Church in Eugene, Ore. Described as an opportunity to “bask in golden candlelight and let the mental knots of the season relax,” the event featured work […]

Macelaru’s ‘Messiah’ called ‘vivid and exciting’

“A musically vivid and exciting version of the world’s most famous oratorio.” That’s what Melinda Bargreen of The Seattle Times has called Cristian Macelaru’s interpretation of Handel’s Messiah. Macelaru took time away from his post at the Philadelphia Orchestra to guest conducted for the Seattle Symphony’s holiday performance of the […]

Tappan takes on title role in ‘The Merry Widow’

Stacey Tappan plays the role of Hana Glawari, the leading lady in the Light Opera Work’s production of “The Merry Widow” in Evanston, Ill. this holiday season. The Franz Lehár operetta runs through December 31, and features Tappan. Playing opposite her is Larry Adams as Count Danilo Danilovitsch. Tappan received […]

Kelsey steps into fatherly role for the Met

Quinn Kelsey, 2003 Solti Foundation career assistance award winner, is gracing the New York Metropolitan Opera House’s stage for the third time in his career. This time will be in the role of Giorgio Germont, the father figure in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” This will be Kelsey’s third time filling the […]